|The Blaze are two games back in North|
Division of the California League.
-It was a deja vu loss for the Bats (10-22) who dropped their fourth straight contest. Jeff Francis (2-4) allowed all four earned runs in his seven innings. Scott Carroll and Travis Webb each tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout.
-CF Denis Phipps provided the only offense, hitting a two-run home run in the sixth. RF Bill Rhinehart went a perfect 3-3 on the night.
Mississippi 3 Pensacola 2 (12 innings)
-It took 12 innings and seven pitchers again, but Pensacola (15-17) lost this time. Mark Serrano started and threw five scoreless innings, with just two hits. Donnie Joseph got back to his ways, tossing two scoreless innings. Chris Manno (0-1) took the loss, doing his best Alfredo Simon imitation by allowing the winning, walk-off run to score via a wild pitch.
-1B Joel Guzman had two hits including a solo homer. C Koyie Hill provided the second RBI, walking to force in the tying run in the ninth. 2B Brodie Greene had a four-hit night.
Bakersfield 9 Lancaster 6
-The Blaze (17-13) sent their best pitcher to the mound in Tony Cingrani (4-0). He surrendered one earned run, his first in 23 innings, while striking out eight to get the win. Five total runs scored, however, thanks to an untimely error in the fifth. Curtis Partch pitched the final three innings to get the save (1).
-SS Billy Hamilton had a hit and run scored in his first game back since being away from the team for a family funeral. 2B Devin Lohman scored three runs on two hits, with a two-run jack in the first. CF Bryson Smith was 2-5 with a double, two RBI, and a run. 1B Donald Lutz had three hits, a double, an RBI, and a run. 3B David Vidal hit a two-run shot in the sixth, and finished with three total RBI. RF Stephen Hunt also knocked in a run.
The Dayton Dragons (12-18) were rained out Monday night, and will play a double-header Tuesday to make up the game.